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Crazy Enough: A Memoir

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  927 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Yes, Storm Large is her real name, though she’s been called many things. As a performer, the majority of descriptions have led with “Amazon,” “powerhouse,” “a six-foot Vargas pinup come to life.” Playboy called her a “punk goddess.” You’d never know she used to be called “Little S”—the mini-me to her beautiful and troubled mother, Suzi.

Little S spent most of her childhood
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Free Press
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Michelle Wight
Sep 21, 2013 Michelle Wight rated it really liked it
I picked this book up on a whim at St. Vinny's the other day. Previously, I had never heard the name Storm Large, and now I'm wondering where she has been all my life! I was initially attracted to this book simply because of the cover: oooh, another weird girl memoir! I am an absolute sucker for girls with attitude... and she delivers.

What glued me to this book is the way in which somehow, Storm and I are not all that different but also complete opposite people. I grew up to be a 6'2" chubby ou
Jenn Sadai
Sep 26, 2016 Jenn Sadai rated it it was amazing
I love stories about strong survivors! Storm's life has been far from easy, but her experiences created the vibrant, warrior woman she is today. Her journey was fascinating, her writing was compelling and I'm happy to give it 5 stars even though she disses my hometown of Windsor, Ontario.
Jan 31, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction, women

I am a polar opposite of Storm Large. I had a happy childhood with two stable, loving parents who were always there for me. I am happily married with three children and have never been promiscous or used drugs. Yet I love Storm Large, as you can see by the multiple posts about her on my main blog.

After seeing Storm's show, "Crazy Enough," twice at Portland Center Stage and purchasing the show CD, as soon as I read she was writing a book I put it on hold a
Jul 24, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
I already knew Large was a knock-your-socks-off vocalist (I was motivated to read her memoir after hearing her front for Pink Martini). I had only a vague awareness of her fame as an oversexed, raunchy, reality-TV star with a cult following in her adopted hometown of Pdx. I did not know that she also possesses great writing chops, which are quite evident in her guilt- and anger-tinged tale of growing up in a house with a (literally) crazy mom and a doctor's prognosis that the same mental health ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, portland
Exactly what I needed right now. Somewhat shamefully, my only experience with Storm as a Portlander for 17 years was when she sang on a booze cruise at a friend's Christmas party. But she sang The Star Spangled Banner, to the music of Pusher Man, in a Jessica Rabbit dress. So, really, I've always thought she fuckin' rocked. Great story. I love a tale of someone who's always up for it, whatever it happens to be.
Feb 26, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
I know, I know. This is some super indulgent reading, which I kind of needed. It's an unequivocal case of schadenfreude. It was entertaining to say the least and a reminder that as crazy as I may think my parents might be, the grass is more often trampled on the other side. I am a total sucker for memoirs involving mental illness, drugs and general indecency.
Katrina Bell
Oct 17, 2012 Katrina Bell rated it it was amazing
I became a Storm fan this weekend. As I was finishing the book, I listened to her interview Betty Levette at Wordstock and sing at Livewire. What a woman. Imagine if Mitt opened up his "binder" and found Storm Large. :)
Jan 27, 2014 Alan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The faint of heart. Oh, wait, no...
Recommended to Alan by: Local color, and a name to be reckoned with
Here is the child-friendly synopsis: Auntie Stormy was a big loud silly pants who did some highly goofy and not smart things, but is now, mostly, a nice person. The end.
—"Thank You," p.265
And since Storm Large is not child-friendly, least of all to herself... here, from slightly earlier in Crazy Enough, is the synopsis for the rest of us:
The photographer told me, "Storm, you are so beautiful, your skin, your body, your mouth; the thing is, you kinda make our dicks look small."
Storm Large d
May 24, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
I lovelovelove Storm Large and listen to "Ladylike" when I want/need to feel particularly badass.

I feel lucky to have seen her in several different settings: a surprise guest on Live Wire singing
"Puff the Magic Dragon" with Peter of Peter, Paul and Mary; in Cabaret, in her one-woman show, blowing the doors off a small venue with The Balls. and singing with Pink Martini(and if she can get through those shows without dropping the F-bomb, there is hope for me).

After seeing her one-woman show,I wa
Apr 16, 2012 Maija rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, 2012
I actually liked this more than I expected. My mom grew up with a mother who was in & out of mental hospitals through her childhood & adult life, and so I related to how it is challenging for children to understand & how they have to survive on their own(and it has made me sympathetic to things my mom does that sometimes drives me crazy). My mom didn't become a rock star or go through heroin addiction, so not exactly the same.

I've actually never seen Storm Large perform, despite the
Oct 27, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Having seen Storm perform live several times, including in her one-woman show, reading Crazy Enough felt like I imagine a long conversation with her would be: Fast paced, colorful, profane, funny and sad. I read this memoir at the same time I was listening on CD to Wild, a book I read last year. Interesting that both of these Portland-based artists experienced great suffering because of their mothers -- Cheryl because her mother died and Storm because her mother lived - and both coped with those ...more
Don Sommers
Apr 01, 2013 Don Sommers rated it really liked it
I just love her perspective and attitude, and she brings it. I was lucky enough to see her live stage show of the same name in Portland, so was interested in seeing how she fleshed out in a book what couldn't be contained in an evening with songs. There's lots more detail about her history with her mentally ill mother, but it was the stuff about her father especially, and all he went through with his kids, that was heartbreaking. The kinds of emotions she describes about her relationship to her ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
I have enormous respect for Storm Large. I think what she has overcome and her attitude toward life is admirable. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought. It was nice to have a little more insight into her background, but her show Crazy is fantastic. I think her public performance of her life was well done so found myself making references to it often while reading the book.
Jan 19, 2012 ReadsinBed rated it really liked it
Loved this. Not *quite* as engaging as her one-woman show, but fantastic nonetheless. I love that she pulls no punches and does not seem to spin anything to put herself in a better light. It felt honest and was alternately funny, scary, sad, and fascinating.
Sheryl Sorrentino
Apr 07, 2012 Sheryl Sorrentino rated it really liked it
I found this memoir entertaining and enjoyable on so many levels, not the least of which was just how much courage it must have taken Storm Large to offer such an up-close-and-personal public glimpse into her life. I guess my own book, "Later With Myself: The Misadventures of Millie Moskowitz," might have looked something like this had I written it as a memoir instead of a novel (I blog on this very topic at But getting back to Ms. Large: She wrote a gr ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it

Review - book - I first saw Storm when she was in Flower SF and opened for Spokepoker's final show. I also had some great photos of the band from a performance at the bandshell in Golden Gate park as well as featured various incantations/incarnations of Storm over the years on my podcast (insert cheap plug for here). This book for me is such a durable delivery of heart, mind and soul, it is comparable to works of fiction that now seem less fantastical.

I inhaled this book in t
Tufty McTavish
Feb 11, 2012 Tufty McTavish rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
I first discovered Storm Large via the MTV music-based reality TV show Rock Star: Supernova. She was amongst a handful of performers that really stood out from the crowd, enough that I've bought some CDs over the years. Learning she had a memoir coming out I decided I was interested enough to check it out, especially as I've been reading quite a number of such books lately.

Storm's led a rough life for the most part and the book covers that in quite intimate detail. More time is spent on the earl
Oct 30, 2011 Jolene rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the second half of this book, which focuses on Storm's adulthood, much more than the first half of the book, which deals with her childhood. In the first half, she talks about being a hypersexual child and feeling very sensitive--maybe too sensitive--and wayward. As bad as things get for Storm and her family, Storm doesn't wallow in self-pity. While she deals with many sad and painful things in her book, she manages to stay open and engaging--a huge accomplishment. I would not recommen ...more
Stefan Percy
Apr 13, 2015 Stefan Percy rated it it was amazing
Have had this book on my "To Read" list since I first heard about. Now, three years later, and I finally was able to crack it open and give it a read. I have been a fan of Storm Large since I first heard her perform on Rock Star: Supernova back in 2006. Not only does she have an amazing stage presence and pin-up model good looks, this woman can sing... well!

I cannot say that I was at all bored with this book. If fact, there were more than a few times where I had to force myself to stop reading s
Apr 03, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I generally do not like non-fiction. It's never been interesting to me. Every now and then I will pick up an autobiography or memoir if I really like the person or the hype is that good. I can count on one hand how many I have read. most I didn't finish because I got bored. I saw Storm Large had written her memoirs in a book called Crazy Enough, so I bought it last year. I had silence at work on Monday with no TV or internet so I read. and I read. and I read. I hated to put it down. She has an i ...more
May 27, 2013 Cydney rated it really liked it
Okay. Just finished the first page and I love it already. I'm in the mood for no holds barred humor telling it like it is.
"Right around Halloween, a big chilly sog plops its fat ass over the Pacific Northwest and stays parked until Independence Day." If you live here you can relate. I'm relating.
After finishing, I'm impressed with her willingness to be an "open book" with every aspect of her life and introspection. Raw? In your face? Humorous? Hyper-emotional? Hugely seeking her own audience? Y
Tarah McCue
Jan 14, 2016 Tarah McCue rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, owned
I remember watching Storm Large on Rock Star years ago. She was one of my favorites, if not my absolute favorite contestant. She just didn't give a shit what people thought about her and she was crazy good. I was so excited that I came across this book, because I always loved her personality and she's just not exposed as much as she should be. Plus, mental illness is something that I can personally relate to, so it was great reading from someone else's point of view. This is such a heartbreaking ...more
Leadis Jarvis
Aug 19, 2012 Leadis Jarvis rated it liked it
I found this book title through a magazine review and thought I'd give it a shot.


Storm Large's (real name) biggest claim to fame is having been a contender on the reality show "RockStar: Supernova". Aside from that, I don't really know that she merits her any more recognition than any other author who writes an autobiographical account of growing up in dysfunction at the hands of a parent with mental illness. The author had her own fair share of tackling the usual suspects: addiction, homel
Jan 17, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it
Versatile lead singer, rocker, and glamorous chanteuse Storm Large's frank, confessional memoir, Crazy Enough, featuring angry tales of coping with her mother's mental illness and manipulation and her own self-medicating addictions and reckless habits, starting in childhood, took me way out of my comfort zone. That's a good thing. Knowing that she's now a transcendent stage and club performer, using her huge voice and stage presence to the fullest, is what makes these sordid stories of her dista ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Terri rated it it was ok
I would be very curious to know how Storm's family feels about the accuracy of this book in terms of their family. I just couldn't help but feel like she was exaggerating her mother's situation to give her more of a dramatic back story to support her career in entertainment. Maybe that's why I just thought the book was okay; I never really connected to the story nor did I feel like she wrote about her feelings in a way that showed true emotions. It felt more junior high diary at times to me.

I d
calico Rosenberg
Jul 06, 2016 calico Rosenberg rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
while i dont consider this is one of my favorites or vastly remarkable, for some reason i keep thinking about it when i am trying to find books i will/have legitimately enjoyed...
also, a weird t hing that happened, while i was reading it and at the part near the end where she was in university district in seattle, no less, i was walking down university ave with it in my purse, passing some of the loiterers who are more or less always hanging around the street there trying toi get my attention, a
Matthew L.
Feb 26, 2015 Matthew L. rated it it was amazing
What a lovely bon-bon of book. Not to diminish the real happenings in Storm's life, but it is a delicious, quick read about a fascinating person in the upper tiers of post millennial American DIY rock.

I suppose I was doubly interested in what made SL the woman she is today having had the opportunity to open for her in the mid-2000s at Dante's in Portland. (Unfortunatley photo tech wasn't as sophisticated as it is today and the pic I have of her biting my nipple is nearly too blurry to see!) I a
Steve Indig
Jul 22, 2014 Steve Indig rated it really liked it
I knew of singer/musician Storm vaguely when she was gigging regularly around SF, then pretty much didn't know anything about her, although I heard she was on a music reality show. I saw a local show when she was promoting this book - she knocked me out as a performer and on stage persona and was very intrigued about her book for back story. What an incredible life journey she has had as revealed in her book, which is funny, scary, emotional. Her tales of family relationships may be unique to he ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Loved it. Felt like I was reading a friend's journal or catching up with Storm over coffee. I cruised through this book, an easy read but it has its cringe worthy and heartbreaking moments. I appreciated Storm being so unabashedly herself in this memoir. I feel like other memoirs I've read either drag on or are so over the top you almost think "Could this really be true?" Storm writes with a purpose and while her memoir was about how her mother's struggles with mental illness affected Storm, she ...more
Apr 12, 2016 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I swore off biographies ages ago, no longer wishing to know personal details about public figures, celebrities, entertainers, etc. I'm glad I made an exception in the case of Storm Large's autobiography. She writes openly and (I assume) honestly about her sometimes difficult life and her decidedly difficult life with her mother.

While not a sunny, cheery story, I finished the book glad I'd read it and still very much an admirer of Ms. Large's work.

P. S. Storm Large has recorded an absolutely de
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